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USS Antietam
USS Antietam (CG-54) underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea
Career (US)
Name: USS Antietam
Namesake: Battle of Antietam
Operator:  United States Navy
Ordered: 20 June 1983
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 15 November 1984
Launched: 14 February 1986
Commissioned: 6 June 1987
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Power to Prevail
Status: in active service, as of 2010
Badge: Coat of arms
General characteristics
Class and type: Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser
Displacement: approx. 9,600 tons full load
Length: 567 feet (173 m)
Beam: 55 feet (17 m)
Draught: 33 feet (10 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 80,000 shp (60 MW)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
Complement: 33 officers & 327 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar
AN/SPS-49 air search radar
AN/SPG-62 fire control radar
AN/SPS-55 surface search radar
AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
AN/SQQ-89(V)3 Sonar suite, consisting of AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
Armament: 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems
122 × RIM-156 SM-2ER Bock IV, RIM-162 ESSM, BGM-109 Tomahawk, or RUM-139 VL-Asroc
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
2 × Mark 45 5 in / 54 cal lightweight gun
2 × 25 mm
2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

USS Antietam (CG-54) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. Antietam was named for the site of the 1862 Battle of Antietam, Maryland, between Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee and Union forces under Major General George McClellan, during the American Civil War. She was built by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi and commissioned on 6 June 1987. She is currently led by the Commanding Officer, Captain John M. Uhl, and the Executive Officer, Commander Patrick K. McNamara. USS Antietam earned the 2007 and 2008 Battle Efficiency awards, also known as the Battle E award, for the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group.

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Construction

The USS Antietam was laid down by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi on 15 November 1984, launched on 14 February 1986, and commissioned on 6 June 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Capability

With her guided missiles and rapid-fire guns, she is capable of facing and defeating threats in the air, on the sea, on the shore, and beneath the sea. She also carries two SH-60 Sea Hawk LAMPS helicopters, capable of multiple missions, but primarily equipped for anti-submarine warfare [ASW].

Tours

The USS Antietam operates out of her home port of San Diego, Calif. She recently completed a six month deployment, leaving San Diego in January 2009, and returning home in July 2009. Stops along the way included Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, and Hawaii.

From January to August of 2007 the USS Antietam deployed to the Persian Gulf. During that seven month deployment she visited Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Pearl Harbor before returning to home port.

From February to August 2005 USS Antietam completed a circumnavigation of the Earth, leaving San Diego to the west and returning home by way of the east. During the deployment she had an extended stay in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On the return to home port she debarked nearly a third of her active personnel in Florida to make room for family and friends of the remaining crew who embarked in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to take part in a Tiger Cruise back to San Diego.

Notes

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

External links

USS Antietam (CG-54) makes a hard turn to starboard
Antietam underway after leaving her homeport of San Diego, CA
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